Just found this in the Village Voice:
In the new Out 100 issue of Out–which I write for–editor Aaron Hicklin pens a sharp letter criticizing Lambert’s management for their namby-pambiness in trying to re-cloak his sexuality. Lambert gave the magazine a terrific interview, but his handlers were not so glorious, alas.
*Adam’s people were reluctant to let him appear on the cover. They only let it happen if it was a group shot, preferably including someone straight. (This even though Out was first in line, ages ago, in asking for a Lambert cover. Somehow Details was granted a crack at him first, presenting the singer caressing a barely clad woman and talking about kissing girls, though he did also manage to get in the fact that he’s gay).
*Out was urged not to make Adam too gay in the shot.
*They were also informed that Adam probably wouldn’t be able to attend an Out 100 event because they didn’t want to jeopardize his record sales.
Update: I just read the entire Out editor letter, and I have to say that 19’s behavior does NOT surprise me. They’ve got a product they’re trying to sell en masse, and are afraid of offending potential customers. Not to say I think it’s right–I find any sort of attempt to stuff Adam back into the closet unsavory and depressing.
What DOES surprise me, is the Out editor’s willingness to call out 19. Wow. Seriously, Out just burned that bridge. Forever. And it’s probably given pause to a a few other management types watching the kerfuffle from the sidelines…
ETA: Not to mention all the magazine sells from Adam fans Out just lost. Also, Hicklin is probably leveraging the situation for publicity, but I don’t believe he’s lying.